The past two decades have seen an improvement in Budapest restaurants — slimmer menus, inventive recipes, and healthier ingredients are gradually replacing the gut-busting fare of the communist era (there's still a long way to go). Note that many of the below places offer a weekday lunch prix fixe for a fraction of the regular prices. If you're curious about traditional Hungarian dishes, try these restaurants, too.
Many people are automatically turned off by restaurants set inside hotels, and usually for good reason: food rarely takes center stage. Not so with Kiosk Buda, a hip restaurant on the ground floor of the chic Hotel Clark with panoramic views onto the Danube and the Chain Bridge. The place is the project of local restaurateur Hubert Hlatky Schlichter, the "Danny Meyer of Budapest," also in charge of Kiosk Pest and Michelin-starred Babel.